Plant Operations Coordinator (Water Plant Operator 3) – Third Shift

City of Durham, NC - Water Management | Durham, NC

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Posted Date 10/01/2020


Work, Serve, Thrive.  With the City of Durham  
Advance in your career while making a real difference in the community you serve.

Hiring Range: $53,768 – $58,156.80
Work Day/Hours: Third Shift -11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.

More than 300 talented, dedicated employees in the City of Durham’s Water Management Department work to keep safe drinking water flowing throughout the City and manage wastewater effectively. We lead long-term water and wastewater planning and infrastructure development, regularly treat and test systems for environmental compliance, and engage the public in water conservation to ensure all of our customers have clean, safe water every time they turn on the tap. If you share our passion for managing vital water resources, bring your skills and talent to Durham!

Due to retirement, we have a Plant Operations Coordinator (Water Plant Operator 3) vacancy available 12/2020 on the third shift 11:00 PM – 7:00 AM. This position is responsible for the operation & maintenance primarily located at the Brown Water Treatment plant with potential coverage and assistance at the Williams Water Treatment Plant when needed. Assigned duties include work at two water supply facilities, elevated and ground storage tanks, and two pressure zones including the associated pump and storage facilities. Certified operators are required to monitor treatment process components to ensure efficient and effective operations and to work without direct supervision or solo on a shift. You must be readily available by phone with the ability to work stand-by/recall when needed.

This position is devoted to the operation of water and wastewater treatment facilities through the performance of skilled labor and technical work. Will perform the most advanced plant operations work including advanced sampling and lab analysis to determine process adjustments, as well as completing special projects and assisting the plant supervisor with activities such as maintaining plant safety equipment.

Responsible for monitoring plant operations; operating, maintaining, and adjusting equipment; maintaining records; cleaning and calibrating equipment; monitoring chemical feeds and making process adjustments; training employees; collecting samples, performing laboratory analysis and calibrating chemical meters; testing safety equipment, and loading and unloading bulk chemicals and supplies.



  • Coordinates and operates, maintains, and adjusts treatment plant equipment; prioritizes and assigns work; trains employees; monitors chemical feeds and makes process adjustments; collects samples; performs laboratory analysis; calibrates chemical meters; troubleshoots complex or escalated plant operation issues; and ensures that plant operations comply with permit and other applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Coordinates and performs plant equipment and system inspections; calibrates and tests the safety and other plant equipment; performs preventative maintenance, including performing minor repairs and maintaining lubricant levels in equipment, to ensure the proper working conditions and functioning of equipment.
  • Participates in reviewing operational policies and makes recommendations; cleans equipment and assigned areas, including washing filters and removing sludge; and loads and unloads bulk chemicals and supplies.
  • Prepares and coordinates the preparation of reports, records, logs, work orders, and other documentation; maintains databases and online systems; enters, updates, gathers, compiles, reviews, and/or submits information; reviews and proofs information for accuracy and completeness.


Minimum Qualifications & Experience

 High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED, HiSET, TASC)

  • One year of additional vocational training
  • Three years of experience in water or wastewater treatment plant operations.
  • North Carolina Grade A Surface Water Treatment Operator’s License, OR an NC Grade B will be accepted with a candidate obtaining a Grade A within 1 year of hire date.
  • Must be readily available by phone with the ability to work stand-by/recall when needed.
  •  A valid, unrestricted, North Carolina driver's license OR if you currently have another state driver's license, must be willing and able to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire
  • Must have intermediate math & chemistry skills to accurately read meters & charts, maintain required records, & interpret readings to make necessary adjustments to treatment processes. This includes multiplication, addition, subtraction, & division of whole numbers, decimals, & fractions

 Additional Preferred Skills

 Experience with SCADA interface.

  • Experience with a CMMS program


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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